Easy Winter Lunches

Just hearing the word "Winter" makes us want to curl up by the fire with something warm and delicious. And of course, with Winter, comes the holiday season; a time when we spend a lot of hours in the kitchen cooking for friends and family. Sometimes we spend so much time planning meals for others, it can be hard to have the energy to cook for ourselves too! Luckily, we have a list of easy winter lunches you can whip up faster than you can say 'Kris Kringle'.

1. Ingredient Chili, Gimme Some Oven

This amazingly easy recipe from Gimme Some Oven is also amazingly delicious! You can make a big batch ahead of time, portion it out in mason jars, and simply grab one on your way out the door to the office. So enjoy hitting that snooze button one more time, you clever Girl Boss.

2. Winter Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

This salad is almost too pretty to eat. Almost. Besides being tasty (and refreshing after weeks of cookies and pie), it’s packed with antioxidants and healthy fats. Plus, did we mention it’s pretty?

3. Maple Balsamic Roasted Winter Vegetables

Who knew the phrase “eat your vegetables” could be music to your ears? These sweet and savory Maple Balsamic Veggies from Healthy Ideas Place can be eaten on their own as a main course, served as a side dish for a holiday meal, or put on top of greens for a winter salad with a twist.

4. Greek Quinoa Salad

This delicious greek quinoa salad from Half Baked Harvest is a great option when you’re craving something healthy, but need something more filling than just greens. It’s packed with protein from both the quinoa and avocado, making it the perfect winter lunch!

5. DIY Instant Noodle Cups

This is the “adult-ing” version of “Cup O’ Noodles.” Another dish in the make-ahead category, it’s a great thing to have ready to go for those days you’re running a bit behind. Besides, looking at all those colorful layers in the fridge makes us feel very accomplished and fancy. Move over, Betty Crocker. There’s a new kid in town.